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National and Permanent?: The Federal Organization of the Liberal Party of Australia 1944–1965 Hardcover – February 1, 2000

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ISBN-13: 978-0522848731 ISBN-10: 0522848737

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"It will henceforth be impossible to disucss the Liberal Party without reference to this book . . . Hancock has a great advantage over most scholars of the Liberal Party. He understands its inner workings and has some feeling for its members." —The Australian

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Ian Hancock has been reader in history at the Australian National University since January 1986. He was awarded an Australian Research Grant to write this history of the Liberal Party. His next work will be a biography of Sir John Gorton.
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  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0522848737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0522848731
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,195,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hancock offers a retrospective on postwar Australia and the Liberal Party's role during a period when the Liberals held power at the federal level. Those were tumultuous times for Australia. With the rise of the Cold War, and Australia moving steadily away from Britain and towards the US. We see how the Liberals adopted policies that gave significant changes. The biggest was the admission of many migrants from southern and eastern Europe. As an uninvaded nation, with intact cities, Australia must have seemed like paradise to many Europeans. This influx gave Australia significant contingents of Italians, Greeks, Yugoslavs and Poles. It moved away from a sole Anglo-Celtic makeup.

The book's biggest flaw is when it does not discuss much how the Liberals deliberately kept the White Australia Policy intact. This excluded many Asians (and some Africans). The book's narrative ends in 1965. A few years later, that policy was finally abandoned.
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